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Postgraduate Certificate in Family Therapy

MSc in Family Therapeutic Skills

Subject to validation from Middlesex University

This programme is designed to provide students with clinical skills and theoretical underpinnings to inform their work with families.

Course Details

This course will appeal to those who are interested in family therapy, theory and training. Family Therapists work with relationships in the context of families, couples and other groups. It is a creative, innovative and thought provoking model of Psychotherapy which places sound ethics at the heart of the work.


The principle which informed Family Therapy from the time of its inception in the 1950s has been to transcend simple cause and effect explanations which located deficits within the individual, and to include those aspects of the client’s context in the therapy process which will enable them to manage, resolve or better understand their difficulty. It is this ecological view which attends to the interconnectedness of people, of beliefs and of all things, which characterises Family Therapy rather than the number of people sitting in the therapy room.


Students can expect a high quality cutting edge programme that captures and imparts a modern understanding of family therapy informed theory and practice that can be incorporated into a variety of practitioner’s contexts such as counselling, teaching, psychology, social care and the allied health professions. It is designed to provide students with clinical skills and theoretical underpinnings to inform their work and to gain an understanding of the major theories and models of family psychotherapy, as well as an overview of the social, practical, ethical and cultural issues that arise when working with families.

Read Programme Leader, Brian O'Sullivan's Course Blog here


Venue: PCI College, Corrig House, Old Naas Road, Clondalkin, Dublin 22

Next Start Date:  28th September 2017


Two years (24 months) part-time.  The course will take place Every Thursday 2-7pm from October to May.

Assessment: Written and practical assignments


Selection Process: There are a limited number of places available (18). Selection is based on application and interview.


Garda Vetting: Students will be required to participate in Garda Vetting procedures in relation to programme and accreditation requirements

Award: MSc in Family Therapeutic Skills (Subject to validation by Middlesex University)

Level: Level 7 FHEQ (Comparable to Level 9 NFQ)


This programme was developed and is delivered and assessed by PCI College, awarded by and quality assured by Middlesex University. FHEQ (Framework for Higher Education Qualification) is the UK National Framework of Qualifications.


Upcoming Free CPD Lecture:

Systemic Family Therapy: Genograms


with Brian O'Sullivan


6-8pm, Thursday 25th May 2017

@ PCI College, Corrig House, Old Naas Road,

Clondalkin, Dublin 22


There will also be time to discuss the MSc in Family Theraputic Skills after the lecture.


This is a CPD Lecture and is aimed at helping professionals. Booking is essential.



If you have more questions now about the course, call Maria now at 01-464 2268 or add your details to the purple Questions Box above and we'll get back to you shortly.

Each module is 30 hours duration.  Modules are assessed by written and practical assignments. 


Year 1:

  • Contemporary Family Therapy Theory, History, Current Perspectives & Emerging Dynamics.
  • Personal & Relational Development in Family Therapy
  • Emotional Focused Therapy
  • Therapeutic Relationships & Clinical Skills 1

Year 2:

  • Theoretically Informed Family Therapy Practice
  • Professional Ethics & Family Law
  • Working Therapeutically with Couples Dyad
  • Advanced Clinical Skills 2
  • Case Study & Dissertation

Additional Course Requirements:

  • 100 hours clinical placement / client work*
  • Students are required to attend an FTAI accredited supervisor for a minimum of *25 hours one-to-one supervision
  • *25 hours Personal Therapy is a requirement for those who are not Counsellors/Psychotherapists.

LEADING TO THE AWARD OF: MSc in Family Therapeutic Skills (Subject to validation by Middlesex University)


*Quantity of hours is subject to change. 

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What our Students Say

Loved it really interesting. Excellent, way better than i thought it would be.
Sinead Mullins

What our Students Say

"Blend of theory and experiential is very good, Role plays facilitated much learning, very supportive learning space; I was pleased to see exploration of broad scope of Lifespan Developmental theory with emphasis too on modern neuroscientific research. Facilitation of the group emotional process around these theoretical concepts was also very thorough"
2014 - 2015 Student, Postgrad Certificate in Child and Adolescent Counselling & Psychotherapy
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